Territorians urged to lower energy consumption

27th Apr 2012

Sometimes we all need a little nudge to do the things we know we should – and lowering our energy consumption is one of them.

The Northern Territory government is making an effort to encourage local residents to reduce the amount of energy they use through provisions laid out in the 2012 Budget.

Karl Hampton, minister for the environment, explained that there are all sorts of ways we can cut back on our electricity consumption, many of which don't require us to make much effort.

Aside from the obvious changes such as switching to solar power, we can also move to more energy-efficient appliances in the home to save money.

So ask yourself this: Is your microwave functioning as efficiently as it can? Could your washing machine do with an upgrade? Has your fridge seal seen better days?

There are various opportunities to save energy in the average home – and it's our task to identify them!

The good news for Territorians is that EnergySmart Rebates are available when you purchase certain energy-efficient goods – and we all know how we like to save money!

Households can receive a rebate of 50 per cent on the purchase and/or installation price of selected energy-saving devices that will help you reduce how much energy you use.

Devices on offer include fridge and freezer seals, energy-efficient light globes, timers and power usage meters.

But you guessed it, there's a catch – the rebate is only available on amounts up to $200 and only if you haven't received money through the scheme before.

"To date more than 1600 rebates have been paid on energy smart items since the EnergySmart Rebates began, with a dollar value totalling $184,221.52," explained Karl (the environment minister, for those of you who may have forgotten).

He pointed out that an additional $120,000 has been allocated to the scheme in the latest Budget, which basically means that more of us can take advantage of it.

So, you've installed your swanky new appliance or energy saving device, received your money back from the government…now what?

Well it's time to start noticing the effects on your energy bills, as the government estimates that you could save as much as $300 a year on current costs.

Let's face it, we could all do with a little extra cash in our pockets, especially if the government is helping us along the way!

Posted by Bob Dawson


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